9-Day Tours around Kashgar

  • Destinations:Kashgar City, Karakoram Highway, Karakul Lake, Tashkorgan, Kunjirap Pass, Taklamakan Desert

  • Highlights:Explore Ancient City Kashgar, Drive along the Karakoram Highway up to Pakistan border, sleep in local nomadic yurt and camp overnight in the desert

Day 1
Arrive in Kashgar

Ativities: Fly to Kashgar via Urumqi, pick from Kashgar airport
A professional friendly and knowledgeable local Uighur tour guide and experienced driver will pick you from airport of Kashgar and transfer to your hotel. Stay in Kashgar

Day 2
Explore Kashgar city

Ativities: visit Idkah Mosque, Apak Hoja Mausoleum, Livestock market, Main Sunday bazaar, old city and local family dinner

Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar.First visit Livestock Market which is the most interesting and traditional part of the Sunday Market, then push to the largest bazaar in Central Asia at the Kashgar Sunday Main Bazaar.
In the afternoon spend time by the Id Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant Concubine Tomb. We ’ll also spend time today in the Kashgar Old Town and have dinner with a local Uighur Family.

Day 3
Kashgar to Taklimakan Desert

Ativities: Drive to Dawakol Desert through Yopurgha town and visit Non-touristy village Market
Drive to Desert after breakfast and on the way stop at Hanerik Monday Market which is absuklutely non-touristic Village Market, it is much more traditional than Kashagr Sunday Market and more interesting. Here to do some shopping for desert camel trekking and continue driving to the desert.
Once arrive at the desert we’ll pack up our things on each of the Bactrian camels that will be your rides into the desert. Taklimakan Desert camel trekking exposes you to unique local experiences and transports you literally and figuratively back to a time when caravans once plodded through the ancient cities now buried beneath the sands of the desert. You’ve probably stayed at 5 star hotels many times, but tonight your accommodation will be better than five stars – absolutely peaceful, tranquil and quiet as you sleep under a million stars.

Day 4
Desert to Kashgar

Ativities: Pack up the camels after breakfast and ride back to the place where our driver is waiting and drive back Kashgar
Get up early in the morning and grasp the opportunity of a Sunrise over the high surrounding sand dunes. Pack up our camels again and begin trekking after breakfast. Back to the place where our driver will wait for us and driving back Kashgar. A welcome shower in the hotel is always nice to get rid oneself of 2 days of sand and grit, but the experience and memories will remain with you forever.

Day 5
Kashgar to Tashkorgan

Ativities: Drive along the KKH, Stop at Opal Village, Oytagh Kunlunshan Colorful mountain range, Ancient Caravan Saray, Bulungkol Valley (white sand mountain), Karakul lake, Tashkorgan Stone Fort,
Our experienced local guide and driver will pick you up from your Hotel at 7:00am local time or any desired time you wish before we set out along the Sino Pakistan (Karakorum Highway) which is one of the most beautiful highways in the world. After an hour of driving we stop in Opal Village to buy fresh fruit and Naan bread and finally enter into the surreal glaciated scenery of the Karakorum Highway.
Entering the world of the Kunlun Shan is an opportunity to experience one of the last truly unexplored places on Earth. The hues and colours of some of the world’s highest mountain ranges dominate every horizon on your journey towards Karakul Lake – The Kunlun Shan is known to contain 148 different kinds of minerals.
About 125Km from Kashgar City, we must stop to check passports at a check point before stopping at an ancient Caravan Sarai (former camping place of camping place for Silk Road Caravans). On the way keep a sharp look out for Kyrgyz Nomadic herds, small mountain and the hued mass of Sandy Mountain all accented by the high colorful peaks of the Kunlun Mountain Range.
By lunch time we reach Karakul Lake and have lunch at a lake side restaurant there. Karakul Lake (which means great lake) sits at the feet of the notorious Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Kongur (7719m) Mountains. ‘Muztagh Ata’ means Father of the Ice Mountain and is one the most beautiful and mysterious mountains in the world.
After lunch at by the lake, we push on to Tashkorgan, itself once an important hub on the old Silk Road. This whole area around the Tajik town borders Pakistan and Afghanistan and is connected to them via the Khunjerab Pass. On the way into Tashkorgan there are many Tajik Villages and nomadic herdsman by the roadside. In the town you’ll have an opportunity to see the town’s ancient Stone Fort – still standing after 1800 years! Tashkurgan is actually a translation of ‘Stone Fort.’ While there we also recommend you also visit the Tashkurgan Historical and Cultural museum. Then we’ll take a walk around the local pastoral land and villages of this historic town. This is a fantastic opportunity to try traditional Tajik food and immerse yourself in the culture of the Tajik community. In addition, Tashkurgan is surrounded by mountains and grasslands providing a great backdrop to the matchless life of the highlands. Spend the night in Tashkorgan.

Day 6
Tashkorgan >> Kunjirap Pass >> Karakul Lake

Ativities: Drive as far as Pakistani Border and back to Karakul lake, stay at local Kyrgyz yurt
Leave for the Khunjerab Pass at 8:00am local time and travel 130Km from Tashkorgan into the peaks atop the nearby Karakorum Mountain Range. It takes 1.5 hours to summit the pass and it’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Entering into an amphitheatre of fluted peaks atop the highest international border in the world, you’re in a place few people on Earth can ever claim to have been. Khunjerab means ‘Valley of Blood’ in Uighur. Many Caravans once died summiting this pass on the old Silk Road and the area was famous for brigands and bandits. On top, you’ll also have opportunity to take your photo with the friendly Pakistani guards at the border.
We’ll set off back to Karakul Lake whenever you’re done and stay overnight in the yurt of a local Kyrgyz family, which is a great opportunity to experience the life of local people and temporarily slot into the life of another world

Day 7
Karakul Lake to Kashgar

Ativities: hiking around lake and back kashgar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

After breakfast Trekking and hiking around Karakul Lake for whole morning and drive back kashgar in the afternoon Stay in Kashgar

Day 8
Day trip to Shipton’s Arch

Ativities: Hiking to the base of the arch
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Shipton’s Arch lies about 55 kilometers outside of Kashgar and is estimated to be the world’s highest natural arch. It was discovered in 1947 by the English mountaineer Eric Shipton while he was traveling between Tashkent and Kashgar. It was reported by him in his book “Mountains of Tartary.” The arch once figured in the Guinness Book of Records for its exceptional height, but the editors of the book could not locate it exactly so the listing was dropped. It was only as recently as May 2000 that an expedition sponsored by National Geographic finally rediscovered the arch!

Day 9
Back Home

Ativities: See you off at Kashgar Airport
Our guide and driver will take you to Kashgar airport for your flight to your next destination